Birchbox Review: September 2016

Hello, hello!

Once again, it is time for me to review my birchbox of the month. If you haven’t read my June Birchbox 2016 , July Birchbox 2016 , or Birchbox Review August 2016 , you should check them out (*winks maniacally*). Self-promotion is annoying, I know. But if you’re like me and you read these types of posts when you’re wide awake at three in the morning, then you’ll (hopefully) enjoy.

The theme for September’s birchbox was multitasking: products that help us save time as well as add a bit of excitement to our day. I personally adore this theme. As someone who always has something that needs to be done, quick application products are incredible. I can’t tell you how many instances I’ve had to skimp on makeup simply because I didn’t the time or energy to do it. In addition, September was Birchbox’s birthday month, which meant I received six products instead of five. Needless to say, I was amped up about this month.

Aromachology-Sophisticated & Sensual Fragrance (Full-size $70)

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Appearance/Packaging: Simple, clean, easy to open

Scent: Floral, sandalwood, possibly citrus

Rating: 3/5

Firstly, I’d like to admit that I don’t consider myself a big perfume fan. In order for me to actually enjoy a perfume, it needs to be very light. If it’s not, my eyes water, my throat burns, and I sneeze crazily. Overall, I think this perfume has a nice, simple smell. It has a floral undertone with notes of sandalwood and what I believe to be citrus. Although I liked the scent, it was a bit too powerful for my taste. After a few hours, it gave me a massive migraine.

Beauty Protector-Protect & Blonde Toning Shampoo (Full-size, $23)

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Appearance/Packaging: Basic, easy to open

Texture: Smooth, silky, purple (the last one isn’t a texture description, but I felt it was necessary)

Rating: 3.5/5

Every since I subscribed to Birchbox, I’ve loved Beauty Protector. Their products always smell wonderful and work effectively. This shampoo, however, was not my favorite. It left my hair soft and clean, but there was no visible difference in my blondeness. My hair is the same color it was before I started using it.

COOLA-Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer

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Appearance: Bottle shoots out a lot of product

Texture: Soft, somewhat watery

Rating: 3.8/5

At last, COOLA, we meet again. This brand and I have had a love/hate relationship in the past. I guess it’s fitting then that this moisturizer felt very average. The cucumber scent is perfect for a moisturizer; it’s very light and airy and doesn’t weigh down your face. However, I wasn’t totally swooning over the consistency of this product. It felt a tad too watery.

 

Milk Makeup-Lip + Cheek (Full-size, $24)

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Appearance/Packaging: Simple, easy to open

Texture: Soft, creamy

Rating: 4/5

Out of all of the products in this month’s box, Milk Makeup’s Lip + Cheek was the one I was most stoked about. To me, it seemed like the greatest multitasker. I could slip it in my makeup bag and use it as both a blush and a lip balm. I really like the complexion of this product. It’s very rich and smooth. The only problem I had was the color. It has a pink, slightly orange tint that simply doesn’t pair well with my skin. If they make these in different shades, though, I’ll definitely pick a full-size up.

NUXE-Facial Cleansing and Make-up Removing Gel (Full-size, $19)

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Appearance/Packaging: Simple, easy to open

Texture: Smooth, easy to remove

Rating: 4/5

Removing your makeup before going to bed is just as important to a beauty routine as eyeshadow primer. If you don’t do it, it will clog up your pores, leading to redness, irritation, and acne. Therefore, I’m always nervous about testing out a new makeup remover. This product put my worries to rest though. It successfully stripped my face of makeup, leaving my skin fresh and revitalized. Before I received this product, I wasn’t very knowledgeable about this brand. However, after trying out this makeup removing gel, I think I’m going to give a few of their other products a shot.

Oribe-Replenishing Body Wash & Restorative Body Crème (Full-size, $42-65)

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Appearance/Packing: Delivered in disposable package

Texture: Soft, silky

Smell: musky. Think Bath & Body Work’s “Mahogany Teakwood”

Rating: 4/5

The best way I can think to describe this product is a cologne-scented body wash. Using it makes you feel like a walking cologne ad. While it’s a nice smell, and very different from any other body wash I’ve ever used, I don’t think I’ll end up using it on a regular basis. Similar to the perfume, it’s just a little too potent for me.

That concludes this September Birchbox review. If you’re unfamiliar with Birchbox or have any questions about my experience with it, feel free to ask. I’ve been using it for about six months now, so I’ve got a good grasp on it. As always, thanks for reading.

Sincerely yours,

Paige

 

 

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